Chasing the Dragon

Centuries ago, St. George fought and killed a dragon—or so the legend goes.

The truth is somewhat different.

George failed in his mission, and the Dragon still walks the Earth, protected by an undead army, hiding in the shadows and slaughtering men, women, and children for its prey. Each of George's descendants through time has been tasked with killing the Dragon, and each has failed.

Twenty-five-year-old Georgia Quincey is the last of the line—the last, best hope for defeating the Dragon once and for all. But Georgia is also an addict, driven to the warm embrace of the needle by the weight of her responsibility and the loss of everything and everyone she has ever loved.

Tracking her nemesis to the small town of Buckshot, New Mexico for their final showdown, Georgia is about to discover the truth about the Dragon, a terrible secret that could put all life on Earth in peril.

Reviews of Chasing the Dragon:

Chasing the Dragon . . . is an excellent novella. Its pacing is perfect to its length and the story is a fascinating new take on an old legend.
[Chasing the Dragon] is an intense little novella that packs quite a punch.
[D]elivers gore, mayhem, and the occasional explosion . . . fast paced and technically well crafted.
Nicholas Kaufmann is one of my favorites. His books never disappoint, and Chasing the Dragon is no exception. Relentless and unflinching, Chasing the Dragon offers mayhem, meat puppets and one hell of a monster. Highly recommended!
Old school horror with plenty of tension, action, and hot, wet viscera for you to hook your claws into. Get ready for a bloody ride into hell.
—Tom Piccirilli, author of Shadow Season
[P]acks a lot of action and character . . . The regret, loss and determination imbued in Georgia in so short a span is quite remarkable . . . [A] darkly fantastic read
As a horror writer, Nicholas Kaufmann knows how to move and manipulate his readers. In only about one hundred pages, Chasing the Dragon manages to deliver an ancient and angry dragon, a detailed mythology, the undead, gangs, a damaged and complex heroine, and, of course, heroin, in this gripping, fast-paced, and surprising novella.
Kaufmann is an outstanding writer . . . Exploding cars, shotguns, undead, dragons, drug addicts, gangs . . . it moves relentlessly, giving us enough of a breather to sprinkle the backstory of not only how Georgia came to be a Dragonslayer, but a drug addict . . . Another hit from Chizine Pub (man, these guys know how to do books—from the writing, to the covers, to even their website) . . . Five out of five stars.
[M]oves like a bullet. As blood-soaked and thunderous as a Sergio Leone western, and grimly referential to classic pulp horror, Kaufmann turns the screws and steadily escalates the tension. A gory, thoroughly rollicking thriller—not to be missed.
—Laird Barron, author of The Imago Sequence and Other Stories and Occultation
Nick Kaufmann's Chasing the Dragon begins with the gas pedal pushed to the floor, the engine roaring, the tires singing on the road, and does not slow down. An ancient monster, reanimated corpses, psychic visions, family legacies, blood and mayhem: Kaufmann gleefully piles horror trope on horror trope as his narrative tracks its protagonist's desperate pursuit of a killer. It is in his portrait of Georgia Quincey, though, his all-too-human heroine, that Kaufmann's gifts as a writer shine forth. A woman struggling—not always successfully—with the weight of her responsibility, the toll it has taken on her, Georgia keeps Chasing the Dragon grounded. This novella confirms the promise of Nick Kaufmann's General Slocum's Gold, even as it promises better things still.
—John Langan, author of House of Windows
. . . Chasing the Dragon is an entertaining way to spend a couple hours.
Chasing the Dragon is a taut, superbly written tale falling somewhere in the middle of urban fantasy and horror that manages to defy most if not all of the conventions familiar to those genres.
[A] work of modern day fantasy and horror with enough action, whimsy, and darkness to fill a three voume epic . . . one of the most fully realized heroines I've seen in a long time . . . You really owe it to yourself to check out this one. Chock full of shotguns, zombies, history, action, and emotion, Chasing the Dragon is one of the best books I've read this year. Go pick it up. You won't be sorry.

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Author Info

Nicholas Kaufmann is the critically acclaimed author of Walk In Shadows: Collected Stories, General Slocum's Gold (nominated for a Bram Stoker Award), Hunt at World's End (as Gabriel Hunt), Chasing the Dragon (nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award and a Thriller Award), and Dying Is My Business. In addition to his many published pieces of short fiction and non-fiction, including a chapter in Writers Digest Books' popular On Writing Horror, he penned widely read monthly columns on the horror and dark fantasy genres for Fear Zone and The Internet Review of Science Fiction. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.